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    I'm a Linux novice with a severe file-corruption problem

    Alright, my tech guru used PXE ("Pixie") to boot up the computer and then use fsck. I'm told that if I'd commanded "sudo su," followed by "fsck," then this might have worked. Or perhaps even the single command "sudo fsck."
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    I'm a Linux novice with a severe file-corruption problem

    Sure. I'll see if I can send him an indirect message.
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    I'm a Linux novice with a severe file-corruption problem

    Thanks so much, everyone. After my first frustrating evening, I turned my ailing computer over to a friend-of-a-friend who knows far more about such things than I do. And I mentioned this thread here just in case it helped him any. In any case, my computer is working great now. And it looks like...
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    I'm a Linux novice with a severe file-corruption problem

    It's not letting me. It refuses to recognize my password. It also refuses to accept no password.
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    I'm a Linux novice with a severe file-corruption problem

    And so, as [email protected], I tried the command suggested and... Permission denied! It says that I either need r/w access or to be root.
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    I'm a Linux novice with a severe file-corruption problem

    Now it's asking me if I want to try Ubuntu or to install it. I said to try it. It gave me those four errors again. But now I seem able to open a terminal.
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    I'm a Linux novice with a severe file-corruption problem

    Alright, I pressed Enter to interrupt normal startup, asked it to boot from CD, selected something about safe graphics, watched it give me the same firmware bugs and over-current errors as before, and then start its own automatic disk checking. It doesn't look ready to let me open a terminal yet.
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    I'm a Linux novice with a severe file-corruption problem

    It was an electrical power outage. My room wall sockets are connected to the same circuit breaker as our downstairs parlor of sorts where my landlord is installing a kitchenette. I suggested putting it on a separate breaker, but he didn't bother. The fan and such that he was using to dry the...
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    I'm a Linux novice with a severe file-corruption problem

    Thank you! I have a CD-ROM with Ubuntu Linux on it, which I used for installation, but not a USB stick. And I can't think of anything relevant until today. I have a backup power supply (with surge protection) but it ran out of power after getting used way too often today, so it wasn't able to...
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    I'm a Linux novice with a severe file-corruption problem

    I had my long-overdue Windows "exorcism" and Linux installation party last October, I think. I've kept the OS updated ever since. It was fairly problem-free ever since then until today's sudden power outage.
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    I'm a Linux novice with a severe file-corruption problem

    My computer abruptly lost power and, when I attempted to reboot it, it now gives me these error messages and I feel completely lost how to deal with them... What is VMX? Why is the BIOS disabling it? How do I run fsck? What's an over-current condition? Where do I even begin to fix this? Thanks!
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